New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
What to Do If You Were Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
While the streets of New York are filled with pedestrians every day, drivers still frequently fail to take appropriate action to prevent serious accidents. Sometimes, motorists are too busy texting to see a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Other times, they are driving under the influence of alcohol and swerve onto a sidewalk. In every case, however, pedestrians who are injured by the negligence of others have the right to seek financial compensation for their losses.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City or anywhere in the state of New York, it is critical that you seek medical attention. Next, reach out to an experienced attorney, like New York pedestrian accident attorney Jason Paris. Although you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and other losses, actually recovering the full compensation you are entitled to receive can be extremely difficult without the help of a skilled lawyer.
Call (888) 365-4940 today or contact The Paris Law Group, PC online for a free, no-obligation consultation. We offer services in English, Spanish, and Russian.
Liability in Pedestrian Accident Claims
Many people have heard the refrain, “the pedestrian always has the right-of-way.” While this is not technically true—pedestrians are required to follow all applicable laws, including yielding the right-of-way to motorists in some circumstances—motorists are required to take reasonable actions to prevent pedestrian accidents. Because pedestrians are at such a high risk of being catastrophically injured or killed when they are hit by large, heavy motor vehicles, both pedestrians and motorists should utilize all possible precautions to avoid a collision. This includes motorists stopping in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian when possible, even when that pedestrian does not have the right-of-way.
That being said, if a pedestrian is negligent, he or she can be found partially or even fully at fault for an accident. This is important, as a pedestrian’s degree of liability will play a role in his or her recovery.
Under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule, you are permitted to seek financial compensation when you are partially at fault for an accident. You do not need to prove that the other person was more at fault or that you were less than 50% to blame, as is the case in states that follow a modified comparative negligence rule. However, your total recovery will be reduced by whatever percentage of fault you are assigned.
For example, if you were walking in New York City and stepped out from between two parked cars to cross a street where there was no intersection but where there were traffic control signals at either end of the block, this is considered “jaywalking.” Because jaywalking is unlawful in the five boroughs, a jury might decide that you were mostly to blame for the accident. If you were hit by a motorist who was also behaving negligently, such as by texting while driving, the jury might decide that you were 60% at fault for the accident. If this was the case, you could only recover up to 40% of the total amount you would have otherwise been able to receive if you did not share any fault in the accident.
Managing Your Medical Bills
Pedestrian accidents can cause injuries ranging from minor to severe that may require immediate, expensive medical treatment. As if your accident wasn’t already overwhelming enough, you may now have a hefty bill that you can’t afford to pay. Luckily, you have options.
At The Paris Law Group, PC, we can help you manage your medical expenses through:
- Insurance coverage
- Medical liens
- Health insurance
- Out-of-pocket payments
If you have to pay for you bills upfront and out of pocket, you can be reimbursed if your lawsuit is successful. Our New York pedestrian accident attorney can help you understand all of your legal rights and options.
Seeking All Kinds of Compensation
Our founding partner, Jason Paris, is ready to stand up for the rights of walkers, joggers, skateboarders, and all other pedestrians. He has successfully represented cases in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all other boroughs of New York City, as well as in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Putnam Counties.
We have recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims over the years, helping people like you to find compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical care costs
- Future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, we may be able to recover punitive damages, which are meant to punish individuals/entities when they are especially negligent or act unlawfully.
We Treat Every Client Like Our Only Client
We sincerely appreciate the challenges that are faced by those who are severely injured as a result of another’s negligence. At our firm, there are no big or small cases. We represent people. We approach every case with the same drive and determination to exceed our client’s expectations, regardless of the severity of their injuries.
To speak to an experienced and compassionate pedestrian accident lawyer in New York, call The Paris Law Group, PC at (888) 365-4940 today and request a free consultation.
Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
Slip & Fall $1.2 Million
The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Slip & Fall Injury $1 Million
A settlement was reached with a confidential defendant as a result of a fall at work. The client worked as a cash handler collecting money from banks. After picking up a bag of cash from a bank and placing it in the back of his armored vehicle, the security ink packets exploded frightening the client and causing him to fall backward, striking his head against the floor.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.